South East Queensland Regional Resilience - Project update

Project purpose

By 2022, every region across Queensland will be part of a locally-led and regionally-coordinated blueprint to strengthen disaster resilience. Regional resilience strategies and local resilience action plans will help to keep Queenslanders safe by providing a coordinated approach to identify and prioritise disaster resilience actions.

Multi-hazard approach

Delivery of Regional Resilience Strategies in Queensland to address multi-hazards such as flood, cyclone (severe storm and wind), bushfire, earthquake and heatwave, is a key outcome of Resilient Queensland: Delivering the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience, and is a published commitment under the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Sendai Framework.  

Recognising existing resilience initiatives

There has been much recent effort in building disaster resilience in the SEQ region through individual efforts by councils and collective bodies of work such as the Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan.

As councils in SEQ have a generally higher level of capacity than other councils in Queensland, the focus of the Regional Resilience  work for SEQ will be to support and amplify existing efforts to build resilience by stakeholders such as councils, community groups, and environmental groups, rather than develop an entirely new regional resilience strategy.

Acknowledgement of existing efforts, as well as identification of pathways to further enhance disaster resilience across the region, will be summarised in the State Recovery and Resilience Plan for the 2021-22 Southern Queensland Floods (currently under development).

Key deliverable - Local Action Plans

The key deliverable for SEQ Councils will be the development of local action plans that identify projects and initiatives that address local disaster resilience needs, demonstrate how those local needs meet the state and federal resilience policy environment, and align to funding opportunities.  All council partners will be invited to participate in this process, which will be facilitated by QRA.

Council partners

  • Brisbane City Council
  • City of Gold Coast
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council

Progress update

Engagement with council partners commenced in the late 2021. The co-designed and locally-led approach will ensure that efforts to support partner councils in building disaster resilience in their local areas builds upon work to date and supports improved connections between needed actions on the ground and available funding opportunities at the state and federal levels. 


Related resilience initiatives

Brisbane River catchment
The Brisbane River Catchment Flood Studies is a partnership between the Queensland Government, Seqwater and the local governments of Brisbane, Ipswich, Somerset and Lockyer Valley.